Energy bill discount for wind farm neighbours

May 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

Gordon MacDougall, RES UK Ireland chief operating officer, said: “Often when
we’ve talked to communities around our wind farms, people have asked if they
can have cheaper electricity in return for hosting a project, so we’ve
worked out a way to make that happen.

“We will offer those residential, community and business properties closest to
a proposed RES wind farm a discount of at least £100 per year off their
electricity bills, which will be paid directly to their electricity
supplier. The discount will apply for the lifetime of the wind farm – around
25 years.”

Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey welcomed RES’s move to bring in
the “innovative” scheme.

Mr Davey said: “We know that two-thirds of people support the growth of
onshore wind. But far too often, host communities have seen the wind farms
but not the windfall.

“Providing local communities with a discount on their energy bills no matter
their supplier is exactly the type of initiative we are keen to encourage as
part of a closer relationship between energy generators and local
communities.”

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